Whitby, Devon, Oxford, Surrey: Middlemarch
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Like its predecessors, Middlemarch assembles characters, settings, and plot elements partly out of places George Eliot saw and people she met during her English travels. In the late 1860s, journeys embarked on for the sake of Lewes’s science continued to yield material for George Eliot’s fiction, including originals for Middlemarch characters and for the country-house settings increasingly usual in her last two novels. For Middlemarch, she gathered details from travels to a Yorkshire seaside resort, along the quiet byroads of Devon, among the most important scientists at Oxford, and within the rosiest gardens in Surrey.